Red Sox rout Yankees to take 2-1 series lead

Red Sox rout Yankees to take 2-1 series lead

"Trying to keep the ball in the ballpark, try and get quick outs and try not to let the crowd get too insane and get behind them and get them going", Eovaldi said of his Stadium strategy earlier this year. Brock Holt bettered the grand slam cracked by Johnny Damon with the first postseason cycle in major-league history. "I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything". The Yankees left five runners on base and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

When he stepped in to face Romine, Holt said he was specifically trying - for the first time he could recall in his career - to hit a home run. "It's something I'll remember for a long, long time". But the Red Sox, frequent visitors who clinched the AL East crown at Yankee Stadium just 2½ weeks ago, were hardly intimidated.

Severino's counterpart, Nathan Eovaldi, shut down the Yankees, allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings as the Red Sox took a 2-1 series lead. In the eighth, facing lefty Stephen Tarpley, he hit an RBI double, putting himself a homer shy of history.

"As bad a night as it was for us, we've got to turn the page", Boone said.

Holt also hit for the cycle against Atlanta on June 6, 2015.

"It was a special moment for me", Eovaldi said.

Red Sox: 1B Mitch Moreland sat out after leaving Game 2 when he hurt his right hamstring running the bases. "I don't think it's really quite settled in yet".

Looking to play left-handed hitters against Severino, the first-year skipper inserted Holt at second base and Rafael Devers at third.

"Two places that are historic franchises where the fans are definitely rowdy for their home team and against the visiting team", Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said.

Apparently there was some miscommunication before the game, which led to Severino only having eight minutes to prepare for first pitch.

When Boston pitcher David Price was introduced ahead of Game 3 of the ALDS, New York fans didn't hurl the typical vitriol that gets lofted toward just about every other player not donning the pinstripes.

Hoping for a deep outing, Boston manager Alex Cora selected Eovaldi for Game 3 over Rick Porcello, who pitched two-thirds of an inning of relief in Friday's opener and now will match up against 38-year-old left-hander CC Sabathia in Game 4. "He's had success against them, and it seems like it's a good matchup; obviously, in the playoffs, game planning is part of it, and I know they're going to be ready, but we will too, and we trust his stuff".

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